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PlatonopolisPlatonic Political Philosophy in Late Antiquity$
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Dominic J. O'Meara

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199285532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285532.001.0001

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Philosopher‐Kings and Queens

Philosopher‐Kings and Queens

(p.73) 7 Philosopher‐Kings and Queens

Dominic J. O’Meara

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the reasons why a philosopher should take an interest in political life, as these reasons were discussed by Neoplatonists: the motivation derives from sharing in the absolute Good. The question of the philosopher-king’s happiness (can it suffer from political involvement?) is also discussed, as is the Neoplatonic defence of Plato’s claim that women philosophers should also rule (philosopher-queens).

Keywords:   political motivation, philosopher’s happiness, philosopher-king, philosopher-queen, The Good

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